|Luke Young, L|
|Ashley Young, A|
|Fabian Delph (John Carew, 59)|
|Stiliyan Petrov (Steve Sidwell, 65)|
|Edwin van der Sar|
|Da Silva Rafael|
|Jonny Evans, J|
|Ryan Giggs (Dimitar Berbatov, 74)|
|Luis Carlos Nani|
|Paul Scholes (Luis Antonio Valencia, 46)|
FULL TIME: ASTON VILLA 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED. The Villa fans were getting on their side's back towards the end as they failed to pressurise the ten men regularly and, on balance, United probably deserved to take all three points in the end.
Downing's free-kick is missed by everyone before hitting Van Der Sar on the chest but Carew cannot react quick enough to head home.
Luis Valencia has been a very good outlet since he arrived at half time and he gives Luke Young more problems but his cross is well cut out.
A draw is still looking favourite here as we approach the final few moments - is there one last chance?
Carew goes down in the box...No penalty! The Norwegian striker turns Jonny Evans and falls in the area but the referee is not interested and waves play on.
Villa manage to get out of their own half and Cuellar drives to the byline to cut back towards the waiting Agbonlahor but Brown is there to cut it out.
Only one team look like they are going to create a match-winning chance here but United's legs are beginning to lag a little, could Villa finally assert themselves in the next ten minutes or so?
The game is being played in the Aston Villa half now with United pressing and probing for a winner.
If Villa have designs on forcing their way into the top four this season then these are the times they need to show it but they just don't seem to have it in them to beat the ten men.
More superb play from Rooney as he evades the attentions of three defenders with two delightful touches and forces a wonderful diving save from Friedel.
It does not look serious but Ferguson is replaced Ryan Giggs now with Dimitar Berbatov on - is that going for it?
Ryan Giggs is down with an injury at the moment, something to do with his arm, so play is stopped.
The ten men still look the better at the moment with VIlla struggling to impose themselves as they fail to keep hold of the ball.
Villa are on the back foot again now with United making the majority of the play and Fletcher lets fly from the edge of the box but Cuellar chucks his body in the way.
Another chance for the champions as Rooney collects the ball on the left flank and cuts back inside but his curling effort is over the bar.
Steve Sidwell is on for Villa now to replace Stiliyan Petrov in the heart of the midfield.
Antonio Valencia darts away down the right flank to eat the full back and cut the ball across the box but Friedel is there to make the save.
Ladies and gentlemen, Wayne Rooney! Wonderful football from the England man as he takes in Carrick's raking pass before holding off two defenders to fire inches wide of the far post. Friedel was scrambling.
Here we go! Martin O'Neill is going for it now as he takes of Fabian Delph and replaces him with John Carew.
That's a bit more like it from Villa and unsurprisingly its the industrious Milner at the heart of it as he drives to the edge of the box and stings the palms of Van Der Sar.
Still it is the visitors in the ascendancy with Giggs curling a delicious corner into the box and its Agbonlahor there to block Evans goalbound header.
Giggs orchestrating again as United pressurise from the left and Valencia has wandered into a central area to unleash a superb drive that rises only a fraction over the cross bar. Close!
Villa have been disappointing since the interval, they seem to be a bit pedestrian, maybe they are struggling to adapt to United's new look with Valencia on now.
United have started the second half the brighter you would have to say and Villa don't look too hungry to pressurise themselves.
Almost a explosive start to the second half with Darren Fletcher meeting Giggs' cross from the left but he fails to keep his header down.
The second half is underway - will it be as open? I hope so!
United are going to make a change at the break with Antonio Valencia replacing Paul Scholes. Interesting.
HALF TIME: ASTON VILLA 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED. It's been all action here at Villa Park and, despite being down to ten men, United have passed the ball magnificently but Villa have to be favourites now.
Great goalkeeping! Giggs spots the run of Rooney through the centre but Friedel has timed his advance perfectly and he is there just in time to smother the ball before the England striker can get a toe to it.
Villa starting to apply the pressure a bit more vigorously with some direct running and quick passing - much better from the hosts.
Wayne Rooney has not had much of an impact so far and you would assume that with Villa a man up he will only get more isolated.
Having overcome the initial shock of being a man down you would have to say that United are applying a decent amount of pressure on the Villa defence.
Good save! Corner from the right from Giggs is headed out as far as Carrick on the edge of the box but he strikes it pure as he can and it if is a yard either side of the keeper then it's in, but Friedel can parry over.
Having seen further replays it seems to suggest that Nani's second foot joined in just before impact with the ball - still maybe a little harsh but you can see why the referee has dismissed him.
Villa are definitely on the front foot now as they look to capitalise on their man advantage immediately.
Oh dear! Nani is off for United after a slightly dodgy challenge but it's not two-footed and he does seem to take the ball. Fergie won't be happy. Big moment!
Jonny Evans picks up the first yellow card of the night.
United starting to get into a bit of a rhythm now with some good passing between the midfield triumvate of Scholes, Fletcher and Carrick keeping the Villa midfield men occupied.
Going behind really did spark the Red Devils into life with Collins having already made a superb block in the six yard box to stop Scholes levelling moments earlier.
ASTON VILLA 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED. What was I saying about tight? Lovely cross from Nani but Giggs looks to have dragged his volley wide until it deflects into the corner off the unfortunate JAMES COLLINS.
ASTON VILLA 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED. Villa lead! A good spell of pressure from the hosts and they now lead as Young's corner is headed perfectly over Van Der Sar by CARLOS CUELLAR.
If you had to pick a team on top it would just about be Villa at the moment but its quite tight in the middle of the park and the free-flowing football we are hoping for is yet to materialise.
Big chance! Young is fouled by Evra on the right hand side and Downing's free-kick is met, uncontested, by Cuellar but he heads over the cross bar.
James Milner has been very bright so far and his eye for goal is showing with another rasping drive that flies marginally over.
Lovely football from the visitors with Scholes and Rooney getting Giggs a yard of space but Richard Dunne is alive and alert to block the shot.
Now the other end with Nani winning and taking a free-kick that forces Friedel into a good diving stop.
Stewart Downing almost does his World Cup hopes no damage with a superb left footed drive that flashes a fraction wide of the post.
Decent response from the champions with Fletcher supporting Nani but his cross is too high for Rooney and Friedel claims.
Good start for the Villains with possibly their player of the year so far, James Milner, darting down the right and bringing a good catch from Van Der Sar.
We are underway in this huge game at Villa Park.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Brown, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Scholes, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Rooney, Giggs.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Luke Young, Petrov, Ashley Young, Milner, Delph, Downing, Agbonlahor.
Manchester United have been in sensational form in recent weeks and in form duo Nani and Wayne Rooney are both in from the start.
Villa ended a 29 long year wait when they won at Old Trafford earlier in the season and the scorer of the only goal then, Gabby Agbonlahor, starts alone up front for them tonight.
Welcome to VIlla Park where fourth place chasing Aston Villa entertain title chasing Manchester United.
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